Tony Ross

Tony Ross is the author and illustrator of over fifty children’s books. He lives in Cheshire, England.

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Q & A

Where did you grow up?

London and Liverpool, UK


What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?

Scribbling on the bedroom wall.


What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?

Seemed a nice thing to do.


Do you use your childhood as inspiration?



What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles?

Rupert Bear, Just William, Pooh, Don Quixote.


What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?

The wild west. The Napoleonic Wars.


Who are a couple of your favorite author/illustrators? What is it about their work that inspires and interests you?

David McKee—his stories.

Tomi UNgerer—his drawings.


What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?

Don’t give up.


by the author

Three Little Kittens and Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes

Tony Ross; illustrations by Tony Ross
Henry Holt and Co.

This wide-ranging collection of favorite nursery rhymes is selected and illustrated by the award-winning artist Tony Ross. Every child needs a good...

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The Kingfisher Treasury of Pirate Stories
The Kingfisher Treasury of Stories
Tony Bradman; Tony Ross

"Ahoy there, maties" Here's a swashbuckling collection that's sure to set young castaways adrift on a sea of adventure. It includes stories by Jon Scieszka, J....

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Centipede's One Hundred Shoes

Tony Ross
Henry Holt and Co.

Have fun with numbers in this hilarious new picture book by master storyteller and illustrator Tony Ross. “One hundred shoes, please!” said the...

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Susan Laughs

Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
Henry Holt and Co.

Susan laughs, she sings. she rides, she swings. She gets angry, she gets sad, she is good, she is bad... Told in rhyme, this story follows Susan through a...

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